Aussie thesp Belinda Emmett died Nov. 11 in Sydney of cancer. She was 32.
Emmett was born on Sydney’s central coast and began her acting career in 1994 with a small recurring role in episodes of laffer “Hey Dad!” but her big break came in 1996 when she took on the role of Rebecca Fisher on sudser “Home And Away”.
The thesp played the role until 1999 and it was towards the end of this that she was first diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery.
Around the same time, in 1999, Emmett met talkie host Rove McManus, star of “Rove Live” on the Ten Network, at the launch of Sydney’s Fox Studio complex and they became one of Oz’s most loved showbiz couples.
In 2001 she returned to the screen in successful Aussie drama “All Saints” in the role of Jodi Horner; it was also during this stint that she received the news that she had secondary bone cancer. The following year she starred in her only film role in laffer “The Nugget” opposite Eric Bana.
Emmett married in McManus 2005, and retreated from the limelight to battle her illness but she did speak publicly to increase awareness of breast cancer.